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08-04-18 02:49 AM
thaonguyenshop Why do you need 2 filters. Jinny, you only replaced one ...where is the second one?
03-13-15 11:47 AM
1BadPig Anyone have the cabin filter CARRIER/FRAME Part Number? Mine is severely degraded and broke apart. I need to replace and can't find it anywhere by description, i.e., filter housing, filter frame, filter carrier, etc.
03-04-15 12:54 PM
Fabvsix Who hasn't broke that clip????? Another flaw in the RL.....
03-04-15 12:40 PM
joandcruz My 97 rl has 150k and the filters were nasty. I got a pair of filters on sale at advanced auto for 16.00. Easy to do except I broke the damper clip.
07-21-14 01:48 PM
Hyperion88 I've done this myself on my RLs. Really easy steps. Takes 10 mins. Buy the filters online for 10 bucks for 2.
10-14-13 01:54 PM
ciprian_acura If you need to replace your air cabin filter, you can find here where this is located.
Air conditioner filter on Acura RL is located inside of car behind the glove box.
To change cabin air filter on Acura RL firs time you need to open the glove box and then remove the arm that holds the glovebox. Press the 2 sides of the glovebox to take this out like in picture bellow.
Acura RL cabin air filter location
Acura RL cabin air filter location
Here you can locate the cabin air filter housing cover.
Acura RL cabin air filter housing cover
Acura RL cabin air filter housing cover
Push the 2 tabs from the filter frame to unhooking from the housing cover. Take the frame out and replace the old cabin air filter with the new one with the air flow indicating arrow pointing down.
For blog adress please pm beacause am new on the forum an i cant put url..or maybe an old member can help me to to put this.

Thanks
09-21-13 05:09 PM
ddiddle Thanks Jinny for the great explanation, and thanks to Boljangles for the working pictures. I just completed this process in my car, without breaking anything. Took me about 30 minutes.
08-22-12 01:07 PM
boljangles
RE

Ive used the STP brand that I bought for 20 bucks at autozone. It has the air direction arrow marked on the filter, as well as on the filter holder, it should be pretty clear. My filter has worked great for the last two years that I have had it changed. It fixed my low air flow problem on my A/C system, I guess my old filter was clogged. Just make sure you plug the filter plate back in firmly after you replace the filter.

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Originally Posted by gerryinnv View Post
I'm thinking about changing this on my 2004 RL and I've read through the great posts but wondering if it would be possible to sort of summarize everything.

FILTER TYPES
We all know the OEM ones are best, but for those of us trying to save some more money, I'd really like to hear about the experiences with the aftermarket brands (e.g., purolator, fram, etc.). For example, anyone know if the the new Fram Fresh Breeze filters are still as "flimsy" as the ones Jinny originally installed years ago?

Anyone tried this "Denso" brand, I've never heard of them but physically it looks to be the closest to the OEM version. Seems I'm not allowed to post links yet but I see it on the Advanced Auto Parts website (Denso Cabin Air Filter Pollen/Particulate Part No. 453-1016)

FILTER DIRECTION
I get the idea that air-flow direction isn't clearly marked on most of the aftermarket brands? Is there a way to figure this out besides trial and error?

THE CLIP
Any tried and true method to keep the clip intact?

Many thanks in advance.
08-14-12 01:18 AM
gerryinnv I'm thinking about changing this on my 2004 RL and I've read through the great posts but wondering if it would be possible to sort of summarize everything.

FILTER TYPES
We all know the OEM ones are best, but for those of us trying to save some more money, I'd really like to hear about the experiences with the aftermarket brands (e.g., purolator, fram, etc.). For example, anyone know if the the new Fram Fresh Breeze filters are still as "flimsy" as the ones Jinny originally installed years ago?

Anyone tried this "Denso" brand, I've never heard of them but physically it looks to be the closest to the OEM version. Seems I'm not allowed to post links yet but I see it on the Advanced Auto Parts website (Denso Cabin Air Filter Pollen/Particulate Part No. 453-1016)

FILTER DIRECTION
I get the idea that air-flow direction isn't clearly marked on most of the aftermarket brands? Is there a way to figure this out besides trial and error?

THE CLIP
Any tried and true method to keep the clip intact?

Many thanks in advance.
07-08-12 10:38 AM
phat32 just ordered mine from tim. going to complete the DIY once they come in. ill comment once im done. Thanks
07-22-11 04:53 PM
boljangles
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Originally Posted by PDixon View Post
These pictures are not working and I would like to change my cabin filter. Can someone email them to me? [email protected]

Thanks
I have the pictures here on my blog
07-20-11 10:36 AM
PDixon These pictures are not working and I would like to change my cabin filter. Can someone email them to me? [email protected]

Thanks
06-25-11 10:41 AM
boljangles Here are the pics that I just took:

Pull down on the white plastic thing in these three places


This shows the clips


The two little tabs that pivot out. I just pushed them in from outside the glove box and they fell out


Unplug this guy:


I don't see how you can unscrew the three screws yet, I did the damper clip first. Here is a pic of the tricky damper clip:


I removed it by pressing this way and wiggling it while pressed...


Locations of the three screws


After unscrewing, I just pulled on the black plastic guy. There are four clips that you cant see holding it in. Here are their locations:


After I pulled out the plastic piece I turned it around for a picture. I dont know why...



Almost the end...Just push in here to get the white tabs to open the lid of the filter holder



The hardest part is to get this guy out...


The two filters inside are attached to two filter holders, but you can't pull the second one out if the first is still attached. I pulled out the first filter, removed the filter from its holder, then pushed up on one side to separate the holders. Then I was able to remove and replace the second one.

Oh and to answer someone's question... the up side of the filter is the one that is divided, although it should have an arrow indicating up on the side of the filter.
06-25-11 10:41 AM
boljangles
Pix

Ok here goes finally
05-30-11 11:28 AM
boljangles
This really helped

Thanks for your help! I thought my blower motor had gone out but as soon as I changed my air filter, it was blowing A/C like new. Thanks so much! It really only took like 10 minutes so I will do it again and see if I can post the pictures....
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